Who can I sue if I am injured in a motor vehicle-bicycle accident?
Being involved in a motor vehicle-bicycle accident is a traumatic event. Afterwards you are faced with overwhelming medical bills and questions about who is going to pay for your care. You don’t want to end up paying for injuries you sustained in an accident caused by the negligence of someone else. You need a qualified accident attorney who can help you with your options in this devastating time.
In order to determine whom to sue, you must be able to prove certain things. As the injured party, the bicyclist needs to prove that the Defendant, such as the motor vehicle driver, was guilty of negligence. And in order to prove negligence, it must be demonstrated that the Defendant had a duty of care to the injured party that the duty was breached and that breach directly resulted in the injury suffered by the bicyclist in the accident.
The most obvious Defendant in a motor vehicle-bicycle accident would be the driver of the automobile. Every driver on the road has a duty to operate their vehicle in a safe manner so as not to cause harm to others. By causing an accident, the driver has illustrated a breach of that duty and any injuries to the bicyclist would support a negligence claim. But the driver is not the only party who could possibly be held liable in such an accident.
If the driver was operating someone else’s motor vehicle at the time of the accident, the owner of said vehicle might also be held responsible. This is because the owner has a duty to ensure that their vehicle is driven in a safe manner, and when they loan out the vehicle, they also have a duty to ensure they’ve entrusted the vehicle to someone who will operate it with that same level of care. The failure of the driver to operate the vehicle with care illustrates a breach of the owner’s duty to ensure they’ve loaned their vehicle to a responsible party.
But the owner and operator of the vehicle aren’t the only parties potentially liable in a motor vehicle-bicycle accident. If the intersection where the accident occurred had trees or bushes that obstructed traffic control devices or visibility, the municipalities tasked with maintaining the intersection may be held liable for any resulting accident.
Likewise, if the traffic devices, such as stoplights, were not operating correctly the local government could also be found liable. And sometimes the intersections themselves are so poorly designed that accidents frequently occur yet the municipality does nothing to correct the issue. In such cases, the local government has breached their duty to ensure the public’s safety and may be liable for any injuries resulting from such negligence.
Finally, there may also be other individuals not directly involved in the collision but whose reckless behavior contributed to the accident. For instance, there may be another driver whose careless conduct led someone else on the road to strike the bicyclist. Or perhaps a pedestrian signaled to a vehicle that the intersection was clear when it was not actually safe to proceed or someone pushed the bicyclist into the intersection. In any of these cases, that party whose negligent actions led to the accident may be found liable.
Being involved in a pedestrian accident in Chicago or the Suburbs may entitle you to thousands of dollars for your injuries, lost wages, medical bills and long-term care. At the Law Office of Attorney Dan Newlin Chicago, we have proudly recovered over 150 Million Dollars for injury and accident victims and we will fight for you!!! My staff and I always consider it an honor to be contacted by the victims of bicycle accidents, and we will always be ready to listen to all of your concerns over the damages and losses you have suffered as a result of the bicycle accident. On many occasions we find that pedestrian accidents cause severe injuries and devastating property loss and that injured victims are often times left with permanent incapacitating injuries. Attorney Dan Newlin and his team of experienced lawyers will fight for you. No matter where you live in Illinois, Chicago or the Suburbs we are here for you 24 hours a day 7 days week, Attorney Dan Newlin or one of his experienced bicycle accident attorneys will be honored to meet you in person to advise you of all of your legal rights and will be honored to personally help you during this difficult time.
Attorney Dan Newlin and his experienced team of Chicago attorneys have proudly recovered over 150 Million Dollars for injury and accident victims.
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